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Bigger and Better

Jack Janovick, 12, jumps over the barrier into the water pit during the steeplechase at KU Relays. Janovick placed top eight, breaking a school record and bringing home a medal (Photo by D. Estes).

This past fall the cross country boys team were runners up at state, resulting in Brent Smitheran winning coach of the year for boys and the high school getting more recognition for its running program. As a result, the track team has been invited to, and entered itself, in meets where the stakes are high and plenty of competition. 

“It’s a little more stressful, there’s more pressure on you, and people from bigger schools are usually a lot faster. It’s just a little more stressful,” Ava Best, 10, said. 

Some of those meets include the Leitel Legacy Invite (hosted by Freestate), KU Relays (hosting both college races and highschool races), De Soto Invitational, and a select few going to arguably the fastest high school meet in Kansas: Shawnee Mission North Relays. These events host mostly 5A and 6A schools. 

“It’s really good. I think we should go to more big meets instead of coming to these little 3A meets,” Jack Janovick, 11, said. 

Of course, continuing to dominate meets will not always be an option when put up against other athletic powerhouses.

Zachary Anderson, 10, toes the line to lead off the 4-by-1600 meter relay at KU Relays. The team all ran personal bests (Photo by D. Estes).

“I would get second or first place in a small meet, but if I went to a big meet I’d get like twentieth,” Zachary Anderson, 10, said. 

Sprinters naturally face a larger field at any meet, and running at the same time does not always mean the same place. 

“I definitely place lower at bigger meets, but [when] running the same times, I would’ve placed good at a normal meet,” Best said. 

Nevertheless, track and field is ultimately about beating your own times and goals.

“Well, obviously I’m gonna place worse because there’s more good people, but I think it’s good because you run faster and that’s what really matters,” Janovick said. 

Even with better opponents, athletes are not scared to put in the effort and word hard. 

“Give me more competition! I’m the top dawg!” Anderson said. 

Overall, the team hopes to continue running more competitively in future years.

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Sophie Rivers
Sophie Rivers, Staff Writer
Hey! I am Sophie Rivers and this will be my first time on staff. I wanted to do SPUB because it seemed like such a fun community and because I love design. When I did the yearbook in middle school, it was my favorite class and I enjoyed it a ton. Along with that, I took journalism freshman year. I’m really excited to explore and report the things most students don’t know about, and that’s why I believe journalism is important. Outside of school, I love to run, read, and get coffee.

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